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Schwartz, Melvin

Born: 1932 AD
Died: 2006 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Physicists

1932 – Born in New York City on the 2nd of November.

1953 – He earned his B.A.

1958 – He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University, where Nobel laureate I. I. Rabi was the head of the physics department.

         – Schwartz became an assistant professor at Columbia.

1960 – He was promoted to associate professor.

1963 – Became a full professor. Tsung-Dao Lee, a Columbia colleague who had recently won the Nobel prize at age 30, inspired the experiment for which Schwartz received his Nobel

         – Schwartz and his colleagues performed the experiments which led to their Nobel Prize, when all three were on the Columbia faculty.

1966 – He moved west to Stanford University, where SLAC, a new accelerator, was just being completed.

1970 – He founded and became president of Digital Pathways.

1988 – He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Leon M. Lederman and Jack Steinberger for their development of the neutrino beam method and their demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino.

1991 – He became Associate Director of High Energy and Nuclear Physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory.

1994 – He became I. I. Rabi Professor of Physics.

2000 – He retired as Rabi Professor Emeritus.

2006 – Died on the 28th of August at a Twin Falls, Idaho, nursing home after struggling with Parkinson’s disease and hepatitis C.